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Updated: June 17th, 2012 11:25am
Twins closer Matt Capps sidelined temporarily with shoulder soreness

Twins closer Matt Capps sidelined temporarily with shoulder soreness

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- It's been a rough weekend for Minnesota Twins closer Matt Capps.

After giving up a two-run homer to Milwaukee Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado with two outs in the ninth inning on Friday night, Capps came to the ballpark on Saturday morning with shoulder soreness.

The soreness isn't considered serious, but Capps will not pitch until at least Tuesday.

"He came in the next morning and he was pretty sore, so we backed him off, checked him out, everything looked good," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Just a little inflammation in there. He's doing all of his exercises and he should be ready to go Tuesday."

Capps' fastball was clocked mostly at 93-94 mph on Friday night, so velocity wasn't an issue.

On the season Capps owns a 3.55 ERA with 15 strikeouts and only three walks in 25 1/3 innings. Prior to Friday he hadn't allowed a run in seven appearances dating back to May 27.

Jared Burton and Glen Perkins are expected to handle ninth-inning duties until Capps returns.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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